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20 Dec 13. BAE introduces new SWaP Multi-INT system. BAE Systems has developed a new small size, weight, and power (SWaP) Multi-INT system, to help allied forces in rapid real time detection and tracking of adversaries’ activities. Integrating three sensor modalities, the Multi-INT is a multi-function radar system, designed to integrate with airborne intelligence gathering sensors that capture information, simultaneously giving analysts a complete picture of their surroundings. BAE Systems Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Futures director John Kelly said the system links multiple sensors together that provides analysts with the ability to track, fuse, cross-cue, and holistically understand the data captured by each of the sensors within the system. The first sensing modality is a multi-function radar that provides all-weather imaging, change detection, and detection and tracking of movement on the battlefield, while the second, radio frequency (RF) emitter mapping detects and locates any RF transmitters used by a potential adversary for communication. In addition, the system features a compact daylight and infrared (IR) camera for collection and digital fusing of low light and thermal images. Designed to generate picture, national and theatre-level reports that assist in longer term decision-making, the intelligence collection is currently executed by different service elements or agencies, each operating larger, more expensive UAVs featuring only one type of sensor. The platforms also require dozens of personnel for operation, analysis and data distribution. Kelly said the existing methods also present data in piecemeal fashion that fails to deliver the complete battlefield picture for troops at the tactical edge. (Source: army-technology.com)
18 Dec 13. The Slovak Army’s communication and information system MOKYS will be fully operational in 2014, Defence Minister Martin Glvá said December 17. “Last week we signed an agreement with BAE Systems that MOKYS will not be implemented according to the original contract from 2005,” said Glvá, as quoted by the TASR newswire. He further pointed out that in terms of the original contract the ministry has managed to save ten times the cost. German Ambassador Michael Schmunk, British Charge d’Affaires Gill Fraser, U.S. Ambassador Theodore Sedgwick and a representative of BAE Systems were also present at the press conference promoting the new agreement under which MOKYS should be completed in 2014. According to Chief-of-General-Staff of the Slovak Armed Forces Peter Vojtek, MOKYS should be certified for a battalion, which is around 1,000 troops, in 2016. Sedgwick stressed that the project is very advanced and that its communications capabilities make it interoperable with NATO, TASR wrote. The procurement of the system was from the outset accompanied by suspicions. The police carried out investigations into the tender, and former Prime Minister Iveta Radiová filed a criminal complaint on suspicion of the serious crime of violations of obligations in the management of foreign assets. (Source: Open Source Information Report/The Slovak Spectator)
12 Dec 13. Tactical apps arrive on Androids in Afghanistan. Soldiers in Afghanistan can now do something no soldiers before them could do — view digital maps while on patrol, establish their routes on the go and collect information digitally for use back on a base.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency developed the maps and some 50 other applications under its Transformative Apps, or TransApps, program. Soldiers get the apps on rugged Android devices protected by a hardened Linux kernel and the devices communicate via secure military radios. It’s the first time soldiers in any war have had this capability, according to the American Forces Press Service. TransApps, which was lau